Nick Malcolm is an original, heart-felt improviser. his rich, warm sound and sense of improvisational daring inform each and every musical situation and he plays with a total commitment to the music in the moment, whatever the stylistic context.
His main group, the Nick Malcolm Quartet, features pianist Alexander Hawkins, bassist Olie Brice and drummer Ric Yarborough. They play original compositions combining the rhythmic and harmonic complexities of contemporary jazz with the intensity and interaction of free improvisation. Their first album,‘Glimmers’, was released in May 2012 on FMR records. After aBBC Radio 3 'Jazz on 3' broadcast in February last year, the quartet released it's second album 'Beyond These Voices' to rave reviews in June 2014, with Richard Williams calling the group 'a highly evolved mechanism in which four voices create a sense of perfect integration'. Most recently they appeared at the EFG London Jazz Festival2014. He will be recording his third album with this band, 'Real Isn't Real', with the addition of a second quartet of female vocalists in September 2015. Nick gratefully acknowledges support from PRS Foundation towards the making of this album.
Nick also co-leads the improvising trio 'Alphabets' with cellist Hannah Marshall and vocalist Lauren Kinsella. They will be releasing their debut album in 2015. He is a member of vocalist Emily Wright’s ‘Moonlight Saving Time’ as well as UK folk musician Eliza Carthy's 'Wayward Daughter' band. He has worked with musicians as diverse as Roger Turner, Gail Brand, Dominic Lash, Laura Jurd, Get The Blessing's Jake McMurchie, Guillaume Viltard, Shabaka Hutchings, Josienne Clarke and Jim Moray. In November 2013 he was chosen to take part in Take Five Edition IX, a professional development scheme for emerging creative jazz musicians run by Serious.
He has studied with Ambrose Akinmusire, Chris Batchelor, Dave Wickins and Ralph Alessi and teaches jazz trumpet at Wells Cathedral School.